That’s the thing about fair use, it’s a gray area that often gets abused by companies and individuals. One would need to speak to a copyright lawyer to really get a better explanation and for their questions to be answered. I only know extremely basic stuff based on my collective experience from making YouTube content and even that isn’t a good enough knowledge base to draw from.
Your videos can even get flagged now for using too much strong language (profanity) and lose partial or all monetization. But this is a separate issue in itself. Even certain keyword tags can get a video flagged. Again, a separate issue.
Are all of these things to punish content creators? No. They’re to protect the companies and individuals who spend advertiser dollars to promote their products and brands.
It’s often a practice of behavior to blame a company and dismiss the why behind a video being flagged. Knowing the why gives better context.
In the case of the rain sound effect, perhaps SonoSuit has something that is a close match to it. We don’t really know. We have no idea why the rain sound in Boundless is getting automatically flagged by SonoSuit’s CMS account on YouTube. If they were actually going to protect something that they own the rights to, they wouldn’t be releasing claims so quickly and instead letting it expire after 30 days.
Let’s just be glad that SonoSuit is even willing to unclaim videos that everyone is putting up. It isn’t like they have to.
I am glad claims are being removed from everyone’s videos.